Colicchio Saves Cookbook Writer From Choking

Top Chef star does Heimlich maneuver at benefit dinner
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2009 1:51 PM CST
In this image released by the Bravo channel, Tom Colicchio, a judge on Bravo TV's cooking competition show, "Top Chef," is shown in New York on Sept. 18, 2008.    (AP Photo/Bravo, Michael Lavine)
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(Newser) – He runs multiple restaurants, hosts one of TV’s top cooking shows, and, it turns out, he could just save your life. Tom Colicchio saved Joan Nathan’s life last night, writes witness Ezra Klein on the Internet Food Association. Nathan, a James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, was holding a Washington benefit when she began choking on a chunk of chicken. Luckily Colicchio was nearby and knew the Heimlich maneuver.

“I just happened to be nearby,” the Top Chef host said. But Nathan was beside herself with gratitude. “He’s so strong,” she gushed.